The vicious circle of high academic achievement

Posted on Friday, October 8, 2021

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Professor Tracy Vaillancourt, along with two other University of Ottawa researchers, Shari Endleman and Heather Britain, conducted a study among teenagers, analyzing the correlation between perfectionism and academic success. In this article published by the University of Ottawa’s Media team, Professor Vaillancourt discusses their project saying "doing well in high school is linked to future academic opportunities like attending university, which increases job prospects and earnings. There is a lot on the line and teens are feeling the pressure. What is not clear, however, is whether there is a dark side to high academic achievement, and this was the focus of our research.’’


Read the full article: The vicious circle of high academic achievement


Dr. Vaillancourt holds the Canada Research Chair in School-Based Mental Health and Violence Prevention and is the President Elect of the International Society for Research on Aggression.

Follow her on Twitter @vaillancourt_dr for more research updates.


To cite this report:

Vaillancourt, T., Endleman, S. & Britain, H. (2021). The longitudinal associations between perfectionism and academic achievement across adolescence

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